Piazza S. Marco, 3, Brera
Originally from Florence, the porcelain maker Richard Ginori also has a new outpost in Milan’s Navigli neighborhood, selling not only the brand’s colorfully patterned tableware but also vintage wood furniture, chandeliers, and quirky decorative items (like antique chicken coops). Ginori’s recent resurgence in popularity is thanks in part to creative director Alessandro Michele, who also has the top creative job at Gucci.
Piazza Croce Rossa, Brera
Giorgio Armani is something of a fashion god in Milan—and everywhere around the world for that matter. And his presence is felt everywhere, especially at his headquarters. The complex includes Armani-branded everything (a hotel, a café, a florist, and curiously, a chocolate shop). There’s also an Armani bookstore, which carries a huge range of fashion, art, and design books, including limited editions and prints. It’s heaven for book lovers and anyone interested in beautiful objects.
Via Solferino, 3, Brera
For beautifully tailored bespoke suits, shoes, and accessories, you can’t beat Rubinacci, the old-school Neapolitan label that has a boutique on posh Via del Gesu. This is the place for the ultimate birthday, graduation, or Father’s Day gift.
L’Oro dei Farlocchi
Via del Carmine, 11, Brera
Vintage lovers will get a kick out of this shop in Brera, which carries old costumes, sculptures, statues, toys, and everything in between. The inventory is vast, which means you should set aside at least an hour or two for getting lost in the maze of stuff for sale.
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7b, Brera
Even in the middle of the city, the Bulgari maintains a sense of peace and quiet, thanks to its location on a leafy, private street in the Brera District. The hotel is predictably slick (black marble and granite, floor-to-ceiling windows, and Italian furniture), and it’s a consistent favorite for people in town for Milan fashion week or the furniture fair Salone del Mobile. The building itself is a renovated eighteenth-century palazzo that gives a sense of history to counterbalance all the glossy modernity. And there are little nooks (in the garden, at the bar, in the library) that are cozy but appropriate for meetings or just getting some work done.
Via Andegari 9, Brera
Even if you aren’t staying at the new(ish) and gorgeous Mandarin Oriental, stop by for an aperitivo. You’ll probably be in the neighborhood at some point, since the hotel is around the corner from La Scala and a short walk from the Duomo. The courtyard setting is glamorous but relaxed, located in the center of a restored 18th-century palazzo. The spa is also worth a look—and a treatment since booking a treatment means access to the indoor swimming pool. Go for the Oriental body scrub, which uses oil infused with essences of tropical Ginger, frankincense, and mandarin.
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